Robert Downey Jr. Talks ‘Iron Man 3′ Casting, Tony Stark Being Recast

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RDJ Talks Recasting Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Talks Iron Man 3 Casting, Tony Stark Being Recast

With The Avengers nearly out the door, theatrically-speaking, the next major motion picture on Marvel’s slate is Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr. and co-written and directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).

Recently, RDJ discussed the possibility of another actor replacing him as Tony Stark down the line. He also addressed the casting rumors regarding Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, and Andy Lau.

On how he would feel if Iron Man were to be recast – courtesy of MTV – RDJ said:

“I would really hate for someone else to think they could step into my shoes. I wonder who’s playing Tony Stark next. Is it you? Is that what you’re here to tell me?”

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark Robert Downey Jr. Talks Iron Man 3 Casting, Tony Stark Being Recast

On how much longer he plans to stick it out in the role:

“I know things are looking like that they could go on for a long while. As usual in my book, it’s all about quality control and delivering a product that you can have this kind of [positive] reaction to, [like 'The Avengers']. If [Marve] keep[s] doing that, maybe I’ll keep showing up.”

In other words, what’re the chances that Downey Jr. gets his fill of blockbuster films – the Marvel movies and Sherlock Holmes – and decides to return to more challenging roles? We probably don’t have to worry about that for a while, of course, but the party can’t last forever.

On the casting rumors regarding Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, et cetera:

“[I can’t wait to work with] any or all of them. [...] It’s funny. Sometimes you have to call for a good old-fashioned British invasion. ‘Iron Man 3′ is really shaping up to be something special. We start in a couple weeks. I’m sure I’ll be leaking secrets to you as we move ahead.”

Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3 Robert Downey Jr. Talks Iron Man 3 Casting, Tony Stark Being Recast

On whether or not Iron Man 3 will take place, in part, in Asia, as has been speculated:

“I’d like to tell you all my secrets, but I forget them.”

While all of the Marvel standalone films have inspired a certain amount of fan hype in my heart, Iron Man 3 is the first one I’ve been extremely excited about since, well, Iron Man. That’s due primarily to Shane Black’s involvement as co-writer/director.  Of course, Black’s filmic follow-up to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang could have had nothing whatsoever to do with the Marvel universe, and I’d still be extremely excited.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Would it be acceptable to recast Iron Man a few years down the line, or is Robert Downey Jr. the only man for the job? Let us know in the comments.

Iron Man 3 hits theaters May 3rd, 2013.


Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

Source: MTV [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. I fear change, Don’t want to think about who’s going to be the next Batman, Ironman, Etc. Although I welcomed the addition of Henry Cavill as Supes

    • We’ve already gotten a new HULK for the 3rd time… a new War Machine… A new Howard Stark… A new Peter Parker… A new Charles Xavier and Magneto… (a new everybody but Wolverine really)

      A new Daredevil is on his way… a new Fantastic 4(at least as far as The Human Torch is concerned) A new Punisher

      I could probably keep going for a while

  2. For now definitely the man for the iron suit. He has the look and personality of Tony Stark down to a i(i for iron :D). Party can’t last forever as stated but for the foreseeable future it is Robert Downey Jr. Hands down!!!

  3. Robert Downey Jr. = Tony Stark end of story. This character was made for him

    • yup no one can replace RDJ

    • Totally agree. He couldn’t play the part better. He is a perfect fit.

      • I don’t really think he “plays” the part. It’s so natural for him that you’d think RDJ is Iron Man in real life.

    • Yeah…Pretty much. That’s what I said when I saw the first one.

      I said RDJ IS Tony Stark. It would be a mystake for them to switch it up. It’s not like he’s doing a bad job neither…

    • RDJ is the perfect fit but if they can replace Sean Connery as James Bond then anybody can be replaced.

  4. Christian Bale for Iron Man, RDJ for Bruce Wayne.

  5. Kiss kiss bang bang was absolutely brill, and totally underrated. Looking forward to this.

  6. I usually have a pretty good imagination but I’m hard pressed at the moment to think of anyone else as Tony Stark.
    If you include TIH I believe IM3 will be Downey’s 5th time playing Stark/Iron Man so I guess it depends on how many times he’s signed up for and if Marvel will be willing to really break the bank to bring him back.

  7. definately RDJ! the feelings of watching the next iron-man will be different if the main actor has changed, the character suits him.

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  9. The idea of replacing RDJ is just plain crazy, he has the character down so perfect, it’s like the whole first part of his career and personal struggles in life was just one long method acting character study to play this role. Now granted in 3 years he’ll be 50 years old and may not be able to physically play this role forever (unless he goes all Stallone with the HGH), but I don’t see anyone currently in younger Hollywood who could even be considered for this role(looks, persona, charisma, etc). Even the guys who could sort of pull off the look (i.e. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, John Cusack, and in a stretch Ed Norton)they are pretty much all the same age, and none have that RDJ Charisma

    • To be fair, what type of physicality is needed for his role? The only scenes that “need” to be him are ones where he’s not in the suit. Everything else can be stunt guys, so it’s not like they couldn’t keep him going for some time. As long as he doesn’t go all decrepit or stop taking his lunchbox of magic juice (lol) there shouldn’t be a problem.

  10. RDJ is great as Stark, but he can’t do it forever. I think Bradley Cooper would make a great IM. He has the snark down pat, and it doesn’t take much to do a quick dye job and grow a goatee. I’m much more worried about who the next Batman will be. Dwayne Johnson might be pretty good. I was weary of Bale when it was announced that he would play Bats in BB, but he turned out to be the best Batman yet. Change isn’t always bad.

    • Dwayne Johnson is Dwayne Johnson. I really like him as an actor, but he has too much baggage to be Batman.

      • What is Batman without baggage? Heck, Bruce Wayne is walking emotional baggage personified. When Bane was announced as the villian for TDKR, The Rock was actually the first guy I pictured as Bane. I trust Nolan’s vision though, and I’m sure Tom Hardy will be fantastic.

        • The Rock, no way… LOL… He should have stuck to wrestling… and then retired…

    • Can you smell what The Bat is cooking? Hopefully it is not bat dung.

  11. I heard Shia Labeouf was being considered to be the Next Iron Man. Thats gonna be awesome!

    • Excuse me while I go throw up. :-)

    • Who did you hear that from, Joel Schumacher? Kahless, make room for me at the vomitorium.

      • When you suggested that “The Rock” could be the next Batman, I very nearly threw up ;)
        Each to his own I guess…

        • He’s big, we have yet to see an actor live up to the comic book size of what Batman is supposed to look like. He would be an excellent “playboy” Bruce Wayne. And he has the menacing tough guy act down. The Rock might not be perfect for the role, but I am having a hard time coming up with someone better to do it. Like you said, to each his own. But really, Shia Lebeouf, as Batman?! Come on.

          • My bad. I was reading that as Batman, not Iron Man. Still, he isn’t cut out for the super hero thing, IMO.

          • The Rock can’t even grow hair! ;)
            I’ve never read a Batman comic with a bald/semi-bald Bruce Banner.
            I’m sorry, but I won’t be watching a Batman movie that stars an ex-WWE wrestler – that’s just me.

            • Neither can Bruce Willis, but somehow, he has hair in some movies. It’s like they came up with some kind of covering for his head that looks like real hair. Hollywood, what will they think of next? ;)

            • Hey Buddy, what kind of comic book fan thinks that the Incredible Hulk ever made an appearance in a Batman Comic in the first place? I thought you were talking about the rock playing batman, not Dr Bruce Banner.

      • Ditto

    • Shia Labeouf??? Seriously!! Wait let me throw up… Will get back to u later…

  12. Robert Downey Jr. -IS- Tony Stark. Any replacement or recasting won’t go down well… and personally, the day some other actor starts putting on the Iron Man suit (with the exception of Col Rhodes’ War Machine), is the day I’ll probably stop watching the Iron Man movies. I mean, RDJ’s Iron Man is what got me into the the whole “comic book movie” thing in the first place.

    Anyway… glad to hear RDJ is still enthusiastic about doing more movies.
    I remember reading an article the other day where Kevin Feige talked about Tony Stark and a possible recasting in the future: He said it would be more like James Bond where they just replace the actor, but that they have no intention of “rebooting” the IM franchise once/if RDJ is done. That said, he did go on to say that if RDJ is still up for playing the role of Tony Stark, he’d be more than happy with it: he said the character could age as the actor ages and that it wouldn’t be a problem at all (I mean, you can be 60 years old and still pilot a high tech suit of armor).

    Keep ‘em coming Marvel… just keep the quality consistent and up to standard.

  13. RDJ as long as he can do it. Age will play a factor soon but until that time arrives its RDJ all day.

    • Why does age play a factor?
      If it does, it’s a very small factor IMO.
      Actors like Hugh Jackman and Jeremy Renner are in the same ago group as RDJ, but they’re still going at it full swing.
      I mean, look at guys like Sam Jackson or Bruce Willis. They’re getting up there but can still kick major @$$.

      I remember having this discussion a week or two ago in a SR-OD and it all comes down to taking care of yourself. If you exercise and follow a healthy diet [note to self: stop sounding like my mother] then you can keep doing action movies till you’re like… 65 at the very least.

  14. When I first read this headline I accidentally read it as “Tony Stark being RACIST” and I was like WTF!? His best friend is black! lol

    • There is a lot of IRONY in that statement.

  15. Not long ago, and perhaps still today, people could only see Sarah Michelle Gellar playing Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but she’s long since moved on, and attempts being made to reboot the franchise are stalling. Loyalty among alleged fans of BtVS may keep more tales from being told, and what’s more important? A celebrity’s place in history, or the telling of the stories?

    I notice many fans of franchises often get emotional about an actor or actress being replaced. These are essentially just roles in a play. The loyalty to an actor is admirable i suppose, but any producer or director will tell you they come a dime a dozen. Burton & Gielgud were stupendous in their Shakespearean roles, but if people had decided no one else could play Hamlet after them, we would not have ever had the chance to laugh at Mel Gibson’s sullied attempt.

    Robert Downey Jr is a big name, and as it happens he’s uniquely suited to present a Tony Stark that echoes the Marvel Comics source material. He looks the part, and he understands what makes Tony both lovable and disturbing. However, Downey’s also very expensive. You do get what you pay for with Downey, but if the franchise gets too expensive, one of the first places investors will want to see cuts is in casting salaries.

    That’s what appears to have happened with Sam Raimi’s contribution to the Spider-Man franchise. He and Tobey Maguire were simply too expensive, considering how the third movie didn’t pan out as well in the box office as the first two films. So the purse strings opted to reboot & cater to a younger demographic, where they hope there’s more money.

    So long as Downey’s face brings in the audience, and the moolah, he’ll be the face behind Iron Man’s mask. However, there’s scores of other actors waiting in the wings who would risk much for a chance to prove they can play the role just as well, and for less money. Downey’s response to the reporter indicates he’s keenly aware of this fact. He’s not worried, but it is a concern.

    • You are not wrong, and the Shakespeare comparison makes me think, and yet…
      To this day when I see Sarah Michelle Gellar, I see Buffy and vice versa. Ringer for me is really Buffy without Vampires and funny dialogue.

      Sooner or later someone else will need to be Iron Man but I hope its not coming for many years.
      It’s rare that a comic book character is so much fun on the big screen!

  16. I’m kinda all Iron Man-ed out, honestly… I’ll see this when it comes out, but I’m rather ambivalent about the wait

  17. @benandrewmoore

    it’s actually Andy Lau, not Chau

  18. Re-cast!? How about we just ride this train till it caint go no mo! RDJ for life baby!!

  19. Charlie Sheen would make a good Tony Stark when the movies get to the alcoholic years.


  20. Like it said he could be playing Ironman for a while he prob be Ironman if they do a 4th but for Ironman 5 do they go the batman begins route and if they do the new avengers im sure there will be a new tony stark

    • Well, since Avengers 2 is rumored to get a 2015 or 2016 release date, I’m sure RDJ would still do that one…

  21. No one could play Tony better than RDJ… Its written in Stone… He might not be a good Sherlock, he may not be a secret agent of any kind, he may not be a pumped up star.. He’s arrogant, he’s witty, he’s an total ass… these reasons are more than enough for him to be Tony.

  22. russell brand…maybe

    • Russell Brand is a major d-bag and a-hole. I have NO idea how that no talent POS keeps getting work.

  23. Russell brand wtf that’s such a disgrace to Stan Lee and every comic book reader he’ll u prob want pee wee herman as the next batman

  24. Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark. The Iron Man movies should rather end for good than allowing him to be recasted.

  25. Guys guys.. come on now..
    It’s Tony Stark himself acting as Robert Downey Jr.

  26. hey about Tobey Mcguire as Iron Man hear he’s free why not,
    Robert Downey Jr probably has five more good years we all
    get older you know the body and mind can take so much,and
    once the Avengers get going the producers might want to go
    with someone younger besides I like to Robert as Sherlock
    Holmes again:)rkallao…………………………………

  27. While I don’t want to say that RDJ is the ONLY actor out there capable of playing Stark, in my heart I really believe he was born to play him. It’s too soon to recast, RDJ still has some years in him and it sounds like he’s willing to continue playing Stark. Lets hope we get to see that

  28. off the record…Johnny Depp as Dr. Strange

  29. Well, I guess I’m never seeing another Iron Man movie again.

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